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Griffith, Andy (7 June 1926–3 July 2012), Broadway, film, and television star, was born Andy Samuel Griffith, the only child of Carl Lee Griffith, a carpenter, and Geneva Nann (Nunn) Griffith in Mount Airy, North Carolina. His parents moved to Ohio, looking for work, and their toddler was raised by his maternal grandmother until he was three. In ...

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Liebman, Max (05 August 1902–21 July 1981), stage and television director and producer, was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Harry Liebman, a furrier, and Sarah Glazer. Brought to the United States as an infant, Liebman was raised in New York City, where his father entered the fur business. Liebman graduated in 1917 from Boys’ High School in Brooklyn, where he was a member of the drama club and the debate society. Following graduation, Liebman moved to Texas, where he worked in the oil fields and, for a short period of time, as a “front man” for a magician....

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Miner, Worthington (13 November 1900–11 December 1982), theater director and television producer, was born Worthington Coswell Miner in Buffalo, New York, the son of Worthington C. Miner, a lawyer, and Margaret Willard, a dressmaker. After interrupting his studies at Yale University to join the U.S. Army and serve in France and Germany during World War I, Miner graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Yale in 1922 and went to England to study at Cambridge University’s Magdalene College. “Had it not been for my two years at Magdalene College,” Miner reminisced in an interview with Franklin Schaffner, “my career in theatre would never have been. I might have become a teacher, I might have imported woolens and worsteds from Verviers, I might have built mousetraps, but I would never have known the feel or the smell of a Broadway stage.” After some work as a prompter and stage manager at a dramatic club in England, Miner decided to try his luck in New York, where he returned in late 1924....